Monday, March 6, 2017

So, ok. I went to India!

..... and although I've been back a couple of weeks ..... actually maybe that's 3 weeks takes time to come back down to earth, sort through all 700 and something photos, then decide to sit long enough to write!

This trip was my 9th to India, and my first on an organised tour, usually I just head off with no definite plans, climb on and off trains and buses and check into likely looking hotels on the go.  It was very different travelling with a group, having to sit on a bus for long hours without being able to get off where and when I felt like, and, be constrained by an over zealous guide.  I understand why it had to be like that, and ...mostly.....submitted with good grace but often ill-concealed impatience!  But I believe all journeys encompass the inner as well as the outer, and this trip certainly presented me with some wonderful opportunities to do some self-reflection!

But all that's done now, and my friend Christine and I did manage some adventures by ourselves, heading off to an amazing temple standing on the edge of the Arabian Sea, and then east and north to West Bengal and Darjeeling.......that was really good, to just wander and explore and do it "our way".

The purpose of the tour was to explore the textiles, artistes and culture of Rajasthan and Gujarat.  There were hands-on activities of block printing; chundri - tie and dye; indigo dyeing; mud resist block printing, over-dyed with iron water.  We saw fabulous old forts and palaces; a step-well dating back  5700 years; watched weavers making rugs and carpets, using age old patterns that have been passed down verbally through their families.  We stood at the very western edge of India on the Arabian Sea and then were left speechless and awe struck at the serene beauty of the White Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, a salt marsh desert stretching from the coast of India to the Pakistan border.

So here's some 'postcards' of the trip.....not 700 I promise........although there were so many I wanted to include, that evoked  a memory, a conversation,  a smile or a laugh,  or a sigh of delight.  They're in no particular order, just snaps that caught my eye as I scrolled, edited and collaged.  If you click on the collages you'll see a larger image.

It didn't look like this lot were all that pleased to see me back, they were pretty fond of the house-sitters, I think, who were wonderful and did a great job of taking care of everything.  Their attitude has changed somewhat now that I'm the one feeding them!

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I hope to post more pics and stories of India in another post.

till next time.............


  1. Wow Nanette... what an adventure! It's been a wonderful read & the pics are great, thanks for sharing them!

  2. Yes, quite an adventure! So many great memories.

  3. 9 times! Could you actually live there do you think?
    Theres a tv prog on over here where ageing celebs spend time over there, recreating a Marigold Hotel like scenario. Mind you they are taxi'd around and don't have the real day to day living stresses, so it is far from reality! Your trip does sound exhilarating though and I recall myself, the colours, the hubbub, the smiles and the rush such cultures give you. Did you travel alone the other times then?

  4. I could live there, very easily. I actually planned it all once, where I'd live, costs to buy etc...then remembered I had a housefull of animals to consider lol I saw that tv show here, and agree, they weren't really 'living' in India, and even when they went somewhere on their own, they had a film crew right there with them, so they never had to figure it out themselves. Yep, always travelled alone, sometimes a while with others I met along the way, but mostly alone. When did you go?

  5. Welcome back, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the photos and hearing more about the trip when we're down your way at the beginning of May. Small change at our end, though... we'll be towing a small and slightly elderly caravan called Miz Lizzie. Are you still going to be available then? I don't want to miss catching up again :-)

    1. Thankyou, and yes, I shall be certain to be here end of May! Elderly Miz Lizzie will be most welcome too, look forward to seeing her.


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